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CMYK vs. RGB Color
file formats and output options for each

 8:53 pm on Mar 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

Alrighty, then why dont we just use BMPs instead of TIFFs? And im interested in that saving to CMYK feature someone mentioned earlier about TIFFs.
I had to make a brochure and used a BMP with what seemed to be the same color as the background, but it wasnt.... In Quark i had to set the bg color to a HEX color, since i made the BMP in Flash.... Even though both had the same HEX color, it printed out totally different!!!
Is there an option when i save to TIFF whether to save as CMYK or RGB?



 8:59 pm on Mar 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

In Photoshop you change the file itself from CMYK to RGB (I assume most gfx programs work similarly). Generally, if you need CMYK output, you want to be working in CMYK to begin with, because it has a much more limited color range than RGB. If you create a file in RGB color space, and then switch it to CMYK just for output, you're going to discover that your colors have changed a great deal... and some of your primary colors for the image may not actually exist in CMYK color space!

Color space isn't an output option like compression level or file format...


 9:21 pm on Mar 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

Does anyone have specific info on Flash's CMYK capabilities or settings? It's a primaily screen-output program, so I don't know if it handles CMYK file natively...


 11:19 pm on Mar 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

If I do work for CMYK and RGB I always save the same raw elements in two different formats. If you establish a palette for RGB and CMYK separately, you generally get better "truer" results than trying to perform a conversion after the fact.

Flash's (my version's) native format I believe is RGB. I never investigated CMYK. (I never read manuals, either - so it very well be addressed someplace in there or on the Macormedia web site.) I am more familiar with Adobe products.


 3:21 am on Mar 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

I do believe you can load a palette for Flash 5, instead of using the websafe stuff, but i cant seem to be able to find any other color pallette files for Flash. Would be kinda good to work directly with CMYK on Flash, and print it off straight from there. You could always export to AI, and fiddle with th CMYK schtuff there...

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